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Learn about best practices from Naviance users, read customer success stories, and discover new ways to extend the reach of your college and career readiness efforts from a wide-variety of third-party experts.

A Snapshot on the Use of Individual Learning Plans in the US [Infographic]

By Emily Goebel, Communications Manager, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

Across the country schools and districts are recognizing the value of individualized learning plans (ILPs) as a way to bring greater coherence, focus, and purpose to the decisions students make about their education and life goals.

Bridging the Gap Between K-12 and Community College

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Summer Institute, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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Community college serves as an important bridge between K-12 and higher education, as well as an important driver for workforce readiness and economic growth. However, despite these important roles community colleges play, we seldom talk about how to improve that transition between K-12 and community college to ensure more successful outcomes.

Preparing for Careers with ACT WorkKeys®

By Rob Spackey, Product Marketing Manager, Hobsons

Filed under: Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, News & Events, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Test Prep

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In many schools across the United States, career education is broadening in scope and taking on new forms. While a college degree is still extremely valuable, some students are thinking of innovative ways to navigate to a career, starting in K-12 education. The effects are felt within and beyond traditional Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Hobsons & NACAC Release New Study on Individual Learning Plans for College & Career Readiness

By John Plunkett, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, Hobsons

Filed under: Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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Many states and districts use Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), personalized plans developed collaboratively by students and school personnel, to set goals that help students focus on their academic and career futures and keep them on track toward these goals.

My Phone Call with Malala

By Nicole Howard, Content Development Specialist, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

On her 16th birthday, July 12, 2013, Malala Yousafzai, stepped up on a block to reach the microphone at the United Nations. She had reason to celebrate almost one year after the attack on her life by the Taliban in her native Pakistan. Her crime? Advocating for girls’ right to an education.

Ask Questions. Build Knowledge. Discover Strengths.

By JerLene Mosley, Consultant, Gallup

Filed under: Marketplace, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

To ask and to listen are two of my favorite activities. It is what we do at Gallup. Our robust research has helped us to cull through thousands of questions to find the most predictive and reliable data to use to help people gain new insights and solve problems. Through our strengths resources and tools, we can accelerate learning more about the best in our colleagues, our students, and ourselves.

Naviance Class of 2015: A Glimpse at College Aspirations, Applications, and Plans

By Amanda Mason-Singh, Research Analyst, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

As students gear up this fall for the college search, it’s easy for families to feel overwhelmed. Reports about the increasing number of schools to which students are applying and the low acceptance rates reported by some colleges and universities elevate anxiety levels and shed a negative light on the search and planning process.

Imagining Their Future: Middle Schoolers Speak

By Patty Reinert Mason, Director of Communications, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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When the Hobsons team visited Thomas Viaduct Middle School in Howard County, Maryland, we asked 11-14 year-olds what they are good at, what they are interested in, and where they might be headed one day, once they get their braces off and survive the rigor of high school.

Teamwork Helps Adams 12 Five Star Schools Strengthen Counseling Programs with Naviance

By Emily Goebel, Communications Manager, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

Since implementing Naviance, Adams 12 Five Star Schools has increased its graduation rate by 12%, and data collected through Naviance helped the district justify spending to restore counseling positions that had been lost due to budget cuts.

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